Recent Reports & Recommendations
Is this a Good School?
If your child is struggling, the problem may be the school, not your child.
What to Look for and Why
Whether your child is just entering school or has been enrolled for a few years, here are the kind of questions that ECF can help you answer:
Is this school a good choice?
Should my child be reading by now?
Should I be worried if he or she is not?
Is the problem poor learning or poor teaching?
The alternative to understanding school data is to take unnecessary risks with your child’s future.
Without access to independent and objective school performance data, you will most likely become one more captive of the reassuring narrative about local school quality that is served up by most school districts.
It is true that parents and schools both want the best for your child, but schools are best served by an image highlights strengths and minimizes needed improvements. By contrast, parents, children, and communities are best served by transparency and full disclosure.
District-by-district percentages of high school graduates prepared for college are available from state education agencies.
Statewide percentage of high school graduates prepared for college. Available from ACT for most states.
Statewide School Reform
Tennessee’s model of data-driven school reform:
- Foundational data: TN’s pioneering value-added assessment system (TVAAS)
- A key tool: Schools ranked by achievement growth
- A vital incentive: Recognition for TN’s top performing schools
- Other graphic tools used in TN: Objective outcomes made visible
- Policies that led to success: Key policy tools in TN’s reform efforts
- Other aspects of TN’s success: Why TN won an RTTT grant
- The real story on TN in the Race to the Top,
- Teachers feeling good about their successes
- Reaching for Workforce Preparedness: The need for catch-up growth